KEY FEATURES: A focus on international collaboration in social welfare includes the way social policymaking is becoming increasingly internationalized through the efforts of multi-lateral organizations and the willingness of national governments to collaborate on international initiatives. A sensitivity to cultural diversity discusses the realities of global social welfare. An in-depth overview of the role of families and communities, nonprofits and faith-based organizations, commercial providers, professional social workers, and governments in social welfare addresses the local and international efforts to enhance social well-being. A balanced approach to controversial issues details the strengths and weaknesses of different perspectives. An extensive knowledge and use of the latest bibliographic references in the field exposes readers to key research and theory.

Families, Communities, and Nonformal Welfare

4 Families, communities, and nonformal welfare

Although not always recognized by social welfare scholars who tend to focus on the role of nonprofits and governments in promoting people’s wellbeing, families and communities have not only cared for their members for millennia, but continue to do so today. In addition, almsgiving and religious mandates to provide for those in need have augmented traditional family and community support networks since ancient times. Also, in many countries and especially in the Global South, people have formed mutual aid associations, such as burial associations, savings clubs, benevolent societies, and rotating savings and credit associations, known as ROSCAs. These mutual aid associations also help each other with harvesting crops or storing grain communally. These and ...

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